LIVE UPDATES: Driver charged, 50+ passengers taken to hospital after bus overturns on I-95
STAFFORD, Va. (WTVR) – An overturned bus has closed Interstate 95 south in Stafford County. Scroll down for updates.
UPDATE: 58 passengers on the bus, plus one driver.
“The bus driver is being held on a $5,000 unsecured bond at Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford County on the reckless driving charge,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wrote in an email. “The bus left Brooklyn, N.Y., last night and had stopped to refuel in Woodbridge, Va., Monday morning. No passengers got on or off the bus in Woodbridge. The bus’s only stop in Virginia was to be in South Hill Monday morning. Its final destination was Doraville, Ga.”
“Two lanes of southbound traffic are open,” according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. “The crash remains under investigation at this time.”
VIDEO: Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Les Tyler provided this update at 7:30 a.m.
Q: How fast was the bus going?
A: Too fast for the road conditions.
Va. State Police: Most of the people on the bus are of “Chinese background” and speak limited English.
Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Les Tyler said bus was a 2005 Van Hoos bus registered to Princess Tours out of Indianapolis, IN. The bus was on its way from New York City to Georgia when it crashed.
Police said speed played a role in the crash.
Virginia State Police update: Bus driver Qilong Xiao, 50, of Flushing, NY is charged with reckless driving. He was not injured in the crash.
Virginia State Police update: Passengers taken to hospital whether they were injured or not, investigators are dealing with a language barrier.
Virginia State Police update: 53 passengers, one driver on bus
Jake Burns reports from Stafford County (Police not letting media near crash scene for safety reasons)
“The crash site is actually at the 137 mile marker in the southbound lanes, so southbound traffic is being detoured off I-95 at the 140 mile marker in Stafford County,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wrote in an email.” The bus did overturn onto its side. The 54 passengers on board have all been transported to area hospitals.”
Four passengers suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries.
The crash involves a commercial passenger bus, NOT a Greyhound, with 50 people on board, according to state police.
“At least four suffered serious injuries and been transported to a nearby hospital. There are no reported fatalities at this time,” Virginia State Police said.
The crash happened about 4:05 a.m., according to Virginia State Police.